Wallace (Wally) Ray Olson Sr. was born on July 14, 1928, to Hjalmer and Viola (Morden) Olson in Waukesha, Wis. Too young to serve in the military like his brother Richard (Dick), Wally did his bit during World War II by plowing Victory Gardens on a large scale across the greater Waukesha and Milwaukee areas. He was formally recognized by both FFA and U.S. Department of Agriculture for his efforts. After completing high school in Waukesha, Wally moved with his parents to a homestead adjacent to Wally’s Aunt Myrtle (Morden) and Uncle Albert Olson outside Peshtigo. It was during this time that he met Marilyn Mansfield. They were married for 29 years and had eight children together. Wally continued farming even as he worked demanding jobs at a number of iconic area manufacturers. These included Thompson Boat Company and Kargard Industries. When Wally joined the Boilermakers Union (Local 107), it opened doors for a different way of life; and he pursued it. Wally married Mary Lou Scanlon-Neuhaus in Skokie, Ill., and three step-children were added to his family. During his 37-year marriage to Mary Lou, he added golf to his list of hobbies and remained active in the Royal Order of the Elks, Bristol Shooting Club, hunting, wood-working and generally exploring the supper-club life-style. Wally and Mary Lou moved to Libertyville, Ill., then retired to Grays Lake, Ill. He continued to excel as a Boilermaker before retiring in 1991. Wally began his next life when he passed away on June 29, 2019. He was 90 years old.
    Wally  is survived by his spouse, Mary Lou (Scanlon-Neuhaus) Olson; five children: Christine Olson (Lloyd) Vogds, Deanna Olson-Diercks (Dennis) Kjos, Wallace (Nancy Tornow) Olson Jr., Frank Olson, Rebecca Olson
(Steven) Haak, and their mother, Marilyn (Mansfield) Olson; three step-children: Robert Neuhaus, Lynne Neuhaus (James) Mortell and Kathy Neuhaus (Paul) Hervatin; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents: Hjalmer and Viola Olson; his brother, Captain Richard Olson; three infant children: William, Nicklaus and Jean Olson; and one grandchild, Kasidhe Olson.
    Visitation will be held on Friday, July 5, 2019, at Berth & Rosenthal Funeral Home, from 10 a.m. until time of services at noon, with Father John Harper officiating.  
    Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.